Jan. 7 is Orthodox Christmas, and it is celebrated in many communities across Alaska. It is a practice connecting back to the fur trade era and Russia’s historical presence in Alaska.

On Jan. 1, the Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program became a designated cleft palate team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association; the ANMC program is the only one in the state to receive this designation.

A journey is seldom walked alone, and some of the most challenging accomplishments are achieved in collaboration. Southcentral Foundation will honor these accomplishments at the 22nd Annual Gathering with the new SCF Partnership Award.

This February SCF will help spread awareness on the high price of heart disease while celebrating American Heart Month. Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. For people of American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, and Pacific Islander descent, heart disease is second only to cancer.

More than 20 Elders from five Iliamna Lake communities participated in the Iliamna Lake Place Names Workshop at the Newhalen Teen Center in May 2018.

I want you to know how much I appreciate the hospital and Southcentral Foundation. In July, I had surgery and the best care one could possibly have.

Recently, SCF received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help combat the opioid crisis in the region, including several villages in the Rural Anchorage Service Unit.

Southcentral Foundation’s Board of Directors has announced Thomas Huhndorf as the newest appointed member to its board.

In the 2018 SCF Needs Assessment, respondents were provided with lists of health needs and asked to rank health priorities. Within the general wellness category Elders specifically identified the priorities of supporting healthy lifestyles, building behavioral and emotional health, and fostering healthy relationships with families and communities as their top needs — SCF listened.